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Saku TumeSaku Tume

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Saku Brewery LTD

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottum on 06-21-2004

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Photo of rex_4539
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Dark red, almost like coca-cola color, one finger off white head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Alcoholic caramel.

T: Sweet, caramel.

F: Very light, watery.

O: Very average beer. Drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. .5L. Branded gold and black pry-off crown cap. Simple red label.

6.7% ABV. Reviewed from notes as a dark beer per the label. Best before: 030416. Produced: 090415. Served cold into a tulip in Finland.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Khaki colour head. Great shiny complexion. Creamy and foamy. Nice thickness. Retention is quite good - ~5 minutes.

BODY: Dark translucent ruby amber. No yeast particles are visible within. Quite clean and vibrant.

It's a good appearance overall. Inviting and attractive.

AROMA: Rich toasted amber malts, cherries, red fruit, cherry skin, and bready sweetness. An excellent aroma overall, but seemingly more of a winter ale judging by the sweetness.

Hop presence is minimal. Suggests a balanced beer with above average complexity.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a lovely dark cherry presence with supple notes of cherry skin and cherry flesh. The toasted amber malt backbone is damn near perfect, and the interplay between the cherry and the amber malts is lovely. The caramalt presence is subtle and wonderful. It's not too bready, but boasts an apt and subtle sweetness that makes it more of a winter ale. Hints of winter warmer-esque English spice.

Perfect balance. Great overall build. It boasts above average intricacy and ample subtlety. Sure it could have even more depth of flavour - and variety of flavour. But as-is, it's an enjoyable amber with a gestalt build. I quite like this.

As it warms, I become more enamored by its balance - particularly the sweetness, which is ideal for the style.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied, with ideal thickness on the palate. Has just enough weight and heft on the palate to support this flavour profile. The texture feels custom-tailored to the taste, and helps accentuate the cherry notes nicely. It's slightly coarse and dry from the toastiness, which really plays into the malt backbone beautifully.

It does suffer from slight overcarbonation, and some will find it a biteen syrupy.

OVERALL: A surprisingly good dark beer from Saku, Tume is a treat of a beer in its style and will impress the discerning drinker. Well worth the price even as an import in Finland, Saku Tume is a brew I can definitely see myself revisiting in the future, and my only criticisms concern its potential to be better (e.g. its potential for still more intricacy and depth), not any shortcomings. I look forward to trying it on-draught. Highly drinkable and very pleasant, hiding its ABV very well. Hat tip to the brewers responsible. I'll greedily finish the whole bottle.


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Photo of matjack85
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this single 500ml brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $1.49. I don't know what the word "Tume" means and I didn't know this was a doppelbock when I bought it. I have since learned that tume means "dark" in Estonian, so it all makes sense now.

The beer poured a dark brown color and made a huge 4-finger light tan head on top. Retention was good, but it left very little lacing.

The beer had a brown sugar, caramel, and toffee smell - very sweet.

Malty sweet with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavor. It also has some raisin and plum fruitiness to it along with a surprising trace of hop bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Very good if you like your beer on the sweeter side.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a dark ruddy brown with ruby tints. Fine one finger light tan head with great reteniton and lacing. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, toffee and dark bread. Flavor of dark, sweet bready and toasted malt, brown bread, figs and dates with a fleeting hint of cherry and maybe rye in the finish, which is sweet and malty with mild toastiness. Light to medium bodied. Listed by the brewery as a "dark Estonian beer", I think the sweetness and malt profile do lean towards a doppelbock style as categorized here. A bit on the sweet side, and not quite as malty as a traditional bock, but a pleasant sipping dark lager.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no dating

appears a dark muddy brown color, not really any head. very nice sweet and sugary aroma with fruity notes. taste is dominated by rich malty flavors, a bit of raisin and plum. no hops detected. smooth. medium body, moderation carbonation.

overall - my first Estonian beer. didn't know what style this even was, but I am very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Brabander
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer frommy collegue Diane who was in the northern parts of Europe this summer. She brought this one, and other, back for me.

To start this review...i am very impressed by this beer! Poured in my Struise glass, the beer was served cold, this beer looked absolutely superb. Big big head and a nice darkrubyred fluid. Good smell. Taste is the biggest eye-opener of this beer. It surprised me. Not much carbonation but it had some crispyness combined with the flavor of a bockbeer.


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, especially near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film with a thick ring at the the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruit (raisin and plum) and sweet caramel + roasted malts.

T: Similar to the smell, there is quite a bit of sweetness to the taste of this beer - and it only increases in sweetness as it warms up. There are caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors combined with stronger flavors of dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin). Minimal amounts of bitterness are noted in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery but smooth.

O: The alcohol is well hidden but this beer is a little too sweet to be easy to drink or very enjoyable for me (I do not like overly sweet).

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Although the head came spuming out of the bottle, in the glass it didn't make much of an impression atop the chestnut colored liquid

Smell: Crusty brown bread with dried figs

Taste: Brown bread and dried figs, up front, with a growing brown sugar character that develops through mid-palate and the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little aqueous

Overall: Decent enough, but nowhere near the quality of the top doppelbocks to the West

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Photo of steveh
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably a first for me -- Estonian beer. No mention of Doppelbock on the label, just "Dark Estonian Beer." $1.79 for the .5 L bottle at the local grocer who caters to many Eastern European customers.

A -- Deep, dark, clear chestnut color with a dense tan head that settles slowly to a good cap.

S -- Rich, bready malts leaning toward some caramel characteristics and some clay-like earthiness back.

T -- Same rich malts and sweetish caramel character as the aromas, big dark bread crust character in the finish (very much reminds me of the Limpa bread my grandmother would buy from old Finn bakeries in the U.P.), and some mild bittering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy with a light-medium body. Might be a bit light to the designated style, but since the brewery isn't claiming anything specific, I'll let it slide a little.

O -- Quite a nice surprise for a gamble with the unknown. Definitely in that Doppelbock wheelhouse and very nicely so -- as good as many of the German exports. The same grocery has another of the styles that I'll have to sample soon.

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Photo of ADZA
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a colour exactly like kola beer with a frothy two finger head that doesnt last long and if looks were anything to go buy you would probably write this off straight away,the smell is dark malts,cheap chocolate and cocoa pops,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and a touch creamy but not much and the tastes are exactly the same as the smell with hints of burnt toffee,cheap chocolate,black coffee and finished with a herbal bittersweetness and overall its very average for the style but the ABV is well hidden and would be perfect for a dessert beer cheers.

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Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Two inch- dark tan head atop a dark red/brownish beer. Good head retention.

S- Has a cola-acidic smell to it.

T- Follows smell to a degree. Slightly tart, more cola, dark fruits, etc. Well balanced.

M- Big bubbled carbonation on my tongue.

D/O- Middle of the road dopplebock. Good for the Estonia tick and quite a deal at $2 for a 16.9oz bottle. Recommended for big time dopplebock fans and tickers, otherwise pass.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one in downtown Tallinn, Estonia with a healthy helping of Estonian style wild boar. Quite the pairing if you ask me. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a 50cL glass.

The color is ruby-hued brown, and the body of the beer is extremely clear, just as a lager should be. The head is fairly disappointing, as it reaches only 1 finger in height and then disappears as quickly as it formed after the pour. No lacing to speak of, but with such a fleeting head, I didn't expect much different.

The aroma and flavor of this beer are strikingly similar, so I will just review them together rather than writing the same thing twice. Toffee is the dominating characteristic, with some light grassy/earthy notes from the hops that were used. There are also some darker fruits...not dark enough for raisins, but I would say plums and dates for sure. Maybe just a touch of black cherry in there, too. I can't make out any coffee or chocolate, as they would stand out against such a light body. There is a redeeming toasty flavor, though it isn't dark enough to call it roast.

Easy to drink, even on an 85F day in the sun. Definitely a beer that I would return to, as I think it is a very solid beer. Unfortunatly, I think it is more a dark lager than a doppelbock, but I have rated it to the doppelbock style here, for consistency. Definitely B beer overall, but not for the style under which it is listed. If you are in Estonia, this is a must try. If you get it anywhere else, try it, but note that it won't be as good as it is at the source.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I got this 500mL bottle at Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester CT, for $2.49. Served chilled in a chilled pint glass.

Clear dark brown brew gives a ruby red glimmer when held to a light. Moderate pour generates a thin fizzy tan head that completely disappears in short order.

Smells of dark malts with a fruity sweetness, raisin and green grape juice. Taste is the same. Odd that I can't think of much more to say about it, since what I already said seems to sum it up well enough. Body is light for the style, smooth and highly quaffable.

This is a beer I would consider drinking regularly if it were reasonably priced and readily available. It's good enough to be enjoyable, but not complicated or special enough to be considered a waste if you don't stop to appreciate it. It's very even and balanced, neutral, nothing offensive, and highly highly chuggable. If I lived in Estonia I'd keep it in stock.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very mahogany in color, and very clear. Very carbonated, and pours with a creamy head that settles quickly down into a thin wisp that retains well. Very little lacing. Very strong malt aroma, almost molasses thick and rich. That's a lot of molasses in the nose. I wonder if Tume means "Black strap molasses" in Estonian. Flavor is very similar to a sweet doppelbock. Again, almost entirely molasses based in flavor. If I didn't know better (and I don't), I'd swear they were adding molasses to this beer. In reality, I suspect there is a huge oat component. Ahh, but reading the label my first impression was very close: "burnt sugar" is an ingredient. Very smooth and rich in the mouth. Finish is short and crisp. Not much lingering. Not bad and super well-priced at $1.99/pint + 9oz. bottle. Actually worth it and worth buying if you see it, but not great beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface. A high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is rather malty and sweet and has notes of dark bread and dark fruits.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the overall taste, which becomes stronger as the beer warms up. It has flavors of caramel, dark fruits and toffee and the finish has a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and is a bit watery.
D: If you can get past the sweetness, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the taste of alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into my glass to a modest tan head that didn't want to stick around long. The beer is reddish brown in color. The smell is sweet caramel and buttery toffee. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet caramel and toffee notes. It has a medium mouthfeel and goes down really smooth.

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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer, fairly tasty, but simple and a bit on the bland side, especially for a doppelbock, if that is really what it is.

Deep brownish red, it has a big, orangish tan head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and leaving no real lace.

Aroma is dark caramelised fruits and grains, dark raisins and plums, brown sugar, brown bread hint. It's characterful and very nice.

The taste is not up to the aroma, however, especially after the first few sips. It has sweet caramelised fruit and dried fruit with brown sugar up front then resurfacing after the finish to linger in the aftertaste. It has a light leafy-peppery, spicey bitterness hint, a light hint of red wine but overall it's a bit subdued and bland, especially after the first few sips and the finish fades fast. It has some hints of burnt grains. The feel is rather light but not watery or rough.

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Photo of atis
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Estonia, very fresh

Pours dark amber with large and soft straw head that very slowly fades to dense layer, leaves dense patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is rich and sweetish malt, bits of toasted.

Taste is rich malty, caramel, hints of toasted and mild bittery hops with slowly drying finish and clean sweet malty alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth medium with average carbonation and very limited and gentle alcohol warming.

Overall, very nicely made, alcohol could not be felt almost at all and the beer was smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light brown head on a ruby red body with little retention or lace.

S - Malty with some caramel. There is a light, fruity note with a hint of cherries.

T - Malty, toffee flavors up front with some caramel and a light roasted note. Little to no hop flavor, but just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad overall, it has some bock like character, but the sweet finish becomes cloying by the end of the glass and it kind of kills the drinkability for me.

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Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep wine-red-brown; the liquid is clear. The off white head quickly sinks down to a minimal ring.

The smell is mild. There are some sweet notes of dark bread and a roasted touch.

The taste is somewhat roasted with a lightly smoked flavour. Most Dopplebocks are quite sweet, but not this one: It is as dry as a Japanese Lager! Hops (both bitter and aroma) are very low. The aftertaste got some buttery notes, lots of dry roasted flavours and a barley noticeable bitterness that balances the overall finish.

The carbonation is strong with sticky bubbles. The liquid is watery.

Much better than expected, and almost dangerously drinkable for a 6.7% beer.

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Photo of Sinse
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tume = dark, dunkel

This tasty beer is quite nice compared to it's low price. It makes a light brown head that doesn't last for long. Colour is red-brown, light chestnut. The liquid is all clear. Smell gives a hint of rye and is a bit sweet. Taste is sweet, some raisins, maybe rye, bitterness in the aftertaste. Leaves the mouth dry. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of scottum
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark lager from Estonia.

Pours out a clear maroon with a small off-white headskie. Supprisingly refreshing... quite smooth and well balanced. There is a mild hop flavor present near the end of the sip to counter the sweet almost fruity malting. A much better brew than I was expecting, and one I would not mind drinking more of.

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Saku Tume from Saku Brewery LTD
3.6 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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